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Prostate Man Chat Transcript

If you missed the online chat with Jane and her guests, Marc Freedman and Marci Alboher, you can catch the conversation here.

Pauley: Sure is: today.msnbc.msn.com.

To respond to Elizabeth's comment from above: good point. Thinking again about Lawrence McRae, I wonder if he knew before he started his prostate health advocacy all by himself that his greatest resources were persistence and perseverance. Because for years he encountered a lot of cold-shouldered resistance to his efforts to engage people about prostate health. But he stuck to it day after day, month after month, and now it’s 10 years later and he’s still going strong. Sometimes we don’t see our own resources for what they are.

As we're about to finish out here. Marc, any comments about the results of our poll experiment this morning?

Freedman: Thanks Jane--what a great discussion! In response to your question, I think one message from this poll is that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well among those over 50. We used to think that starting a non-profit was the exclusive province of young people. No more. And that reflects a strong desire by Americans all across the life-course to solve the problems facing our communities today. People are drawn, more and more, in my view to live a legacy--not just to leave one.

Alboher: What a great discussion. We at Civic Ventures continue to be impressed by older innovators changing the world -- something I just wrote about last week for Reuters.com: http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2010/08/06/starting-a-new-career-at-60/.

Thanks so much for having us, Jane.

Pauley: Well, it looks like it’s already time to wrap things up. Thank you so much for participating in this chat as a part of our Your Life Calling series on the TODAY Show and here on aarp.org. Marc and Marci – thanks for being with us! I hope you enjoyed the conversation as much as I did. You're doing fantastic work with Civic Ventures.

Catch me again Sept. 13 on the TODAY Show where I’ll be bringing you another great story about someone who is hearing their life calling in a new and different way. Stay tuned to aarp.org/Jane for more resources and inspiring stories on reinvention.

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